Widowspeak have shared The Dream, the third single from their forthcoming album.
Expect The Best, a collection of songs that ask “how did we get here?”, is due for release on 25 August and will be followed by a UK tour that begins at Birmingham’s Actress & Bishop on 11 November.
The new LP, which follows 2013’s Almanac and 2015’s All Yours, was written by lead singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton after a move back to her hometown of Tacoma, Washington. The result is her most honest collection of songs yet.
“In the past I’ve felt compelled to write songs that are more optimistic than I’m actually feeling, as if I could make it true, as if everything in the past was significant or beautiful in a way, even if it was painful. But the truth is that not everything makes sense, and not every day of your life is an experience of clear cut emotional clarity,” says Hamilton.
“I struggle with this compulsion to pull away from people, pull away from the things I enjoy doing, and sometimes literally picking up and moving away when I am feeling uneasy and anxious about my future in a given space, physical or mental. Social media these days can exacerbate that as well.”
But that’s not the only change on Expect The Best. While Widowspeak’s previous albums focused on the interplay between Hamilton and lead guitarist Robert Earl Thomas, the new album plays to the strength of touring band members drummer James Jano and bassist Willy Muse. Essentially, it’s more energetic and closer to the live experience than ever before.
Widowspeak UK tour dates:
17 Nov Actress & Bishop, Birmingham
18 Nov Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
20 Nov Oslo, London
21 Nov The Hope, Brighton